NOTE: Special snapper rules apply in South Australia – more info here.
Victor Harbour is one of Adelaide’s most popular weekend fishing destinations.
Being outside the shelter of the Gulf of St Vincent, the rugged coastline between “Victor” and Cape Jervis has some deeper beaches and rock platforms that produce bigger fish than the low-energy and shallower gulf beaches.
Victor Harbour has a sheltered boat ramp, but the ocean outside must be treated with respect.
Granite Island is Victor Harbour’s jewel for landbased fishos, being reached on foot by a long causeway over shallow weedbeds.
It is quite a walk so take a trolley if you fish with a lot of gear.
The island’s Screwpile Jetty is short but borders deep water and produces salmon, snapper, seven-gill sharks, barracoutta, mulloway, silver trevally and sharks, as well as tommy ruff, sweep and chow.
It can be hot or cold but the chance of quality fish keep fishos coming back.
The snapper and mulloway bite best at dusk and dawn.
Near the Screwpile Jetty is an ocean rock wall that shields the jetty.
This rock wall produces just about anything, including some cracker sweep, but should not be fished in a swell as waves break over the top.
The island’s causeway is good for gar and squid.
Boaters will find squid, gar, tommy ruff, salmon, leatherjackets and snook on the shallow reefs in the area.
Bluefin tuna are reliable in season and are even targeted in canoes.
There is an anchorage inside Granite Island on the southern side.
Boaters who want to fish inshore should concentrate on the grounds between Granite Island and Wright Island.
Nearby, at Rosetta Head (The Bluff) a small jetty is popular with squid fishos.
Victor Harbour’s Hindmarsh and Inman Rivers usually hold good stocks of black bream, with redfin and carp upstream on the Inman.
Trout occur in the upper Hindmarsh River and there has been good fly fishing, but access is difficult. A short section of the Hindmarsh from the second waterfall down to the gauging weir was stocked with trout in years past.
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